2747 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009
Re: What are the 3 rules again?
1. A human employee may not reduce the profits of the Amazon corporation, or through inaction allow profits to be reduced.
2. A human employee must obey the orders give to it by Amazon except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
3. A human employee must protect their own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Ooooh, that is a *classic*.
This is one of those moment I regret that I only have one upvote, so I thus nominate this one for Comment of the Week, for sarcasm in the face of adversity.
Re: "a lesson on the consequences of too much dependence on the cloud"
Or perhaps a bungie plummet off the roof of The Tower into a shallow pool of Yorkies televised on live PayPerView? =-D
Exactly what cordless bungee jumping was invented for, methinks.
I even have a more advanced process in place: we work on it together on a machine. Much quicker. This tends to happen after we spend some time scribbling on paper, the machine version is more for sharing with any third parties who would consider especially my handwriting as a form of encryption :).
I rather love the irony..
.. of Facebook getting zuckered by the exact same method Facebook itself has used to skirt the laws: they asked the data from someone else.
If only I could believe Parliament was capable of doing something that ironic deliberately..
>In a way, Microsoft is saying its cloud couldn't handle the weight of multi-factor login requests.
Ohh god, I'm so sorry - that was me. I enabled MFA for two test accounts on Sunday night!!
.. aaaand we have our comment of the week. Wonderful sarcasm.
Re: This will continue to happen...
I think they're photo apps. Blushes the cheeks. Any cheeks.
Re: "at least you know who the owners are"
Do you trust someone whose money come from utterly exploiting people?
You may want to pay attention to the whooshing sound over your head. It was a joke. Relax. Drink less coffee.
LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers
Re: This is why
People do it so password files stay synced between devices.
I think it would be a good idea to give these instances an offline cache. It's not like that is a new idea, IMAP servers have been doing that for decades with email.
Not yet, but I think that's merely due to the large number of contenders for the honour of being made an example under GDPR.
Given Trump's attitude to collaboration, my money has been on a US company for quite a while.
Re: Future ARM laptops
"one of the kids has an MBA"
I put that sort of thing down to bad parenting.
I think we have just found our Comment Of the Week.
Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you
Re: Oracle will lose
Their aggressive lock-in tactics helped them milk billions out of unwitting clients, but they won’t be able to fool enough people a second time
*cough* Microsoft *cough*
Re: Reading comprehension
I think that's where the Psycho The Rapist joke comes from.
Re: I'm wondering...
No need to wonder, it is a given. Just what we need, interbank financial messaging getting the Zune treatment..
Re: Is Julian's cat leaving little "presents" on the carpet in the Ecuadorian embassy?
Perhaps both need neutering.
Now THAT needs a lot more upvotes than I can give, grin. Have mine as a starter :).
Throw the machine at the window.. you'll have a window as everyone who uses windows needs a window to dream of what could have been.
Yup. True defenestration™ :)
I'm just going to up my water consumption as WiFi struggles to go through water.
Most sysadmins are waaaay ahead of you. Guess what contains a lot of water?
Re: And in Australia
.. whilst being locked up..
Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)
Well, that means I have to change the (c) statement
Given that I am OK with education to use my material as long as it is non-profit (read: no reselling later either), I guess I'll have to make that statement explicit to avoid mistakes. Although I understand the issue and agree with the principle, I don't want to sue a school, nor would I want a kid to be in legal crosshairs for doing a school project: all that teaches them is uncertainty.
I genuinely have to think of the children here :)
Going off on a slight tangent, some people stated that they would expect the relevant data to be available in EXIF, but setups like Facebook explicitly filter out this data. Ostensibly they do that for "privacy" reasons (yes, yes, stop laughing), but as far as I can tell they do it to make tracking back copyright difficult - you could say they act in collusion with copyright violators because it would otherwise substantially harm their business as they go through literally millions of images per day.
AFAIK, under US Copyright law it is an offence (not sure criminal or civil) to mess with a copyright notice, so FB could potentially be on the hook for a LOT of money if it weren't for the escape clause that it has to be "with intent" - they'll probably get away with it once claiming it was a "programming error" because identifying copyright information in EXIF is really hard .. no, wait, there is actually an explicit "copyright" tag..
Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...
I've always maintained that my desk remained perfectly clean underneath precisely because of the stuff on top.
Re: Unintended consequences
One question which rarely gets asked is; will this make me safer or put me more at risk of what I seek to protect myself from?
In the area where I live; having any identifiable security measures would be like putting a "rob this one" sign on the front of my house. It might be some deterrent to opportunists but an advert professionals would be very grateful for.
You must be new here. All you have to do to be safer is to give one to your neighbour :)
Re: Tortuga bound
Whilst there’s no crew to take hostage, there’s a big ship to loot (i.e. cargo!) with no-one getting in your way.
Not quite. The disadvantage of humans is that they are easily recognised, need a lot of armour to remain safe and may accidentally run into any anti-pirate booby traps themselves. Robots can take any shape, form and position, so with no humans around you could get quite creative with countermeasures.
Until someone invents robot pirates.
Re: "From which it follows that the docs were unclear. "
is this simply a case where Fred was the first to read the manuals, he wrote about it and didn't get it quite right then others have simply thought, "Sod reading the manuals, this looks OK.", tested it and it works.
Hang on, I'm not involved :)
(a) The number of years since I was that close to a CPU in programming is measured in decades and (b) it then involved a mere 8 bit chip.
I plead the Shaggy defense :)
Re: Business model
If it's intended to be a profit-making venture, then it will, sooner or later, betray you.
Nope. Some companies are still led by ethics. The simplest example of that was Lavasoft.
Re: To be or not to be - let Google decide?
If you report obvious spam that claims to be from HMRC, you don’t expect Her Maj to get onto the naughty list, do you?
.. except that Googly email CAN indeed come from HMRC in one of the most astonishingly stupid decisions ever (admittedly amongst many, but let's stay on topic for once):
$ dig +short mx digital.hmrc.gov.uk
Sadly, this is really not a joke - feel free to try yourself. It appears UK government "innovation" equals "let's hand uncontrolled entities very personal data on our citizens and see if they can do something we can then brag about". After all, it sort of worked for the NHS..
Re: He's keeping on playing the "Good Boy with a Big Dream who makes little mistakes on the way"
I'm going to upvote you for sheer sarcasm alone :)
But isn't it "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" ?
Apparently it depends on your aim ..
NASA, no concept of archiving. Should we be worried?
It's in the name, really. Not A Software Archive :)
Re: yet ANOTHER reason
to stick with windows 7!!!
Way ahead of you. I'm keeping my boss on Windows ME "for security reasons"
Re: Oh dear
The BOFH, the PFY and the Boss working together. This can only end in tragedy. I wonder who for?
Yes, it's a shame that all desktops have cameras now, and that the ironic accident just happened to be in sight of at least 3 separate ones.
Why else do you think they want those USB sticks?
Not so fast. As I said earlier elsewhere:
1 - the fact that he had the rights to delete accounts suggests he was in the enforcement team
2 - there is nobody on the planet other than the utterly deluded who can consider Trump's account to have been operated within the bounds of the rules Twitter set themselves, so the guy was actually still doing his job.
I wish them luck in court with that one. If they try that, you will be looking at the faster crowdsourced defence fund ever established - and worse, it could dump their share price..
Re: Fake news
If a single Twitter employee, just one, can delete the account of a public figure with 41M followers with no checks and balances...
Someone like Trump has the visibility to get his account restored. What about a Twitter employee that deletes your account because he doesn't like your position on Star Trek vs. Star Wars?
1 - if he has those rights, he was probably part of the policy enforcement team
2 - I don't even think they can do something to that employee in court, because all he did was his job - Trump's account has been WAY over the bar they have set themselves from even before he became President..
Seems like something at Twitter is clearly broken and needs to be fixed.
The very concept of Twitter is broken as it allows broadcasting of all sorts of trash to a mass audience. That's why the Senate started talking about broadcast licenses for Twitter, Google and Facebook..
LOL. I wish I had more upvotes..
Re: And let us not forget...
Be different and confuse both. Use a side door.
Re: What could possibly go wrong?
A kind of DMZ for your home if you like
I think that's presently called "a nearby Amazon delivery point", which works quite well..
Re: What could possibly go RIGHT?
I think listing what could go wrong would fill a book of its own (probably never to be sold through Amazon), so let's see what is right with this idea.
No, can't think of anything. Anyone?
Re: El Reg should install this tool
I block ads because safety, but I would gladly give you processing time.
Actually, that a good point. It's better than ads because users are not sucked dry for personal information and (and I guess this is the major objections from the big boys) there's no middle man to rip off a large percentage of your earnings. Even better, it's basically a click-through from everyone because it works when you're there without the need to lure eyeballs into clicking anything with any sort of deception.
You would still need to make it's the user's decision with a "do not bitcoin" sort of cookie approach, but it strikes me as a far more honest and straightforward approach. Provided, of course, we can trust the code - I see that as the main challenge.
If El Reg would do this I'd be happy to make sure that would be left unblocked.
Re: Much a do
Nope those are not the rules. The rules simply say you have to have specific permission up front
It's a tad more sophisticated than that, but unfortunately vague enough to leave some margin for "errors" in interpretation.
You will always have to seek explicit permission (i.e. not buried in associated terms), but you may pre-tick the box if what you are gathering is not deemed "sensitive" such as contact details, i.e. a default opt-in posture is allowed.
However, when you go into details classed as "sensitive" such as health, you are no longer allowed to default to opt-in, the opt-in must be explicit too. The vagueness lies in "sensitive" because that depends on who you are, and your definition of where the "sensitive" boundary lies is likely to differ from any "gimme all your data so I can lose it" commercial recipient..
Re: Much a do
Look for "Diagnostics Tracking Service" or "DiagTrack" or "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry", Stop the service, Set startup type to disabled
Or, Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Start = 4
Or in Powershell: stop-service diagtrack, set-service diagtrack -startuptype disabled
If you consider that "simple" and achievable for the average end user, I have a well known story fragment for you:
“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”
Actually, I think he is right
I agree with him that backdoored crypto is essential in the modern word - for government use.
Any nation with politicians that dare to use the word "democracy" when referring to their activities should mandate backdoored crypto with keys that become public after a set period, say 2 years for regular operations and 20 years for whatever is deemed National Security so we can finally have the kind of transparency that establishes accountability.
For alleged democratic governments, there should not even be another option. For citizens, not so much.
Here's to preserving a VERY important part of history.